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Our shop, BeerRitz, in Headingley, Leeds, is open from midday to 9pm, 7 days a week. You can follow the Leeds shop on Twitter here, and you can find the shop's Facebook page here. Their phone number is 0113 275 3464, or you can email them here.

The blog below is a general summary of what is arriving on a weekly basis. The things we mention below will appear online fairly quickly, then get to the Leeds shop the following week, usually on the Thursday.

Friday, 3 August 2012

Shouting LAGER LAGER LAGER!

Lager is one of those words that has become debased by over-use. The world's most widely consumed beer style has become shorthand for a sort of mass-produced product that some sectors of the market turn their noses up at. Which is a shame, because there are some real classics that fall under the "lager" heading.

Starting at the bone-dry end of the spectrum, Jever Pilsener is a pale and pungently hoppy pils that demonstrates what can be achieved with hops and little hop extract. Dry and bitter, this is a great aperitif. Moving into a slightly more balanced area, German and Czech beers such as Krombacher Pils, Augustiner Helles and Budweiser Budvar showcase a perfect balance of pale malt and noble hop character.

From there, you can go in one of two directions - more hops (Mikkeller P1 is a brilliant dry-hopped lager), or more malt, giving a fuller body and more alcohol. Alhambra Reserva is the only one of the Alhambra range that we stock - we delisted the others for being not being distinctive enough - but the Reserva at 6.4%abv is a full-bodied, malty delight.

And then we have Brew Star Anarchy Lager. At 7%abv, this is a smooth and luscious interpretation of a German bock beer, with sweet malt firmly in the foreground, but with a light dusting of hops keeping everything in its place in the finish. It's a bold beer to launch on to the market at a time when everyone seems to be obsessed with hops, but like everything we stock, we tried it, we liked it, and we think you will too, not just as a point of difference, but as a great beer in its own right.

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